Panel Discussion: Kids in the Biz
January 23, 2007
Working with child actors can present a challenge. Whether you're an agent, producer, writer, director or concerned parent , how do you help talented youngsters grow successfully in the acting profession?
For the last panel discussion in its three part series, New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) has assembled a panel of agents, current and former child stars and parents to discuss everything there is to know about child actors' education, school activities and personal development. They'll discuss the ins and outs of industry regulations and the one question that looms large; what happens when the child actor grows up?
The program is produced by Carole Newhouse. Marymount Manhattan students, faculty and staff are invited to attend free of charge.
When: Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Theresa Lang Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College
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Maggie Bruen (moderator) is a writer and educator. She's the author of several award-winning screenplays and produced and directed the feature documentary The Fourth Green Field. Her short documentary, The History of the Fraunces Tavern, is on permanent view at the Fraunces Tavern Museum in lower Manhattan. Bruen is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Screenwriting at Marymount Manhattan College.
Dayci Brookshire is an actress and singer who has appeared in film, television, theater and commercial productions. She has appeared in several independent films including the shorts Sex and Camping and Yin/Yang. She had a small role in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You. Her regional theater credits include A Chorus Line and Sideshow for Old Playmakers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Nancy Carson (pictured) represents young performers as the owner of Carson-Adler Agency. An expert in her field, she advises the Actor's Equity Association's Children's Committee, actively working for the rights of professional children. Carson helped set the standards requiring tutoring for children on tour and on Broadway and was a leader in the non-traditional casting of children. Her book, Raising a Star, is a parents' guide to helping kids break into theater, film, television or music.
Patricia Bruder Debrovner started her career singing on the radio show Rainbow House, before appearing on Juvenile Jury, both on radio and television. She played Flora in the national company of The Innocents. On Broadway, she appeared in Lace On Her Petticoat and the original production of Gypsy. Off-Broadway credits include The King and the Duke, Living the Life and The Sap of Life. She also played Ellen Stewart on As The World Turns from 1960 to 1995.
Helen Proimos began her career as stunt double for Anne Heche on Another World and also appeared on One Life To Live. She has acted in and produced indie films - The Signs Of The Cross, Austin's Angels and A Merry Little Christmas. Proimos sings for a doo-wop group, produces the cable show, The Relationship Journey, and is in post-production on a documentary. She also coaches her 13-year-old son and manages his acting career.
Brandon Hannan is the 13- year-old son of Helen Proimos. His stage debut was as a dancing doll in Mary Poppins; his mom played Mrs. Banks. He played Roger in Everything In the Garden; mom portrayed Mrs. Toothe. He has appeared in student and independent films. TV pilots include The Murray Hill Show, Gagsters and the behind-the-scenes of The Bubblebuds Animation. Hannan just landed a role on The Sopranos.
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is a nonprofit membership organization for professional women in film, television and new media. A champion of women's rights, achievements and points of view in the film and television industry, NYWIFT is an educational forum for media professionals, and a network for the exchange of information and resources.